A robust storm struck the northern Texas city of Matador on Wednesday night time, killing a minimum of three individuals, damaging a few dozen buildings and prompting a seek for individuals who might need been injured or trapped by particles, the authorities mentioned.
Matador, which has about 600 residents, is roughly 290 miles northwest of Dallas and was underneath a twister warning because the storm barreled by means of the realm round 8 p.m., mentioned William Iwasko, a meteorologist with the Nationwide Climate Service in Lubbock.
“Primarily based on the injury,’’ he added, “there was probably a twister” in Matador, however that will likely be decided on Thursday.
The mayor of Matador, Pat Smith, who additionally offers emergency medical providers within the city, mentioned in a quick cellphone interview that a minimum of three individuals had been killed, that others could also be injured and that there was “an entire lot of harm.”
He mentioned that electrical energy was additionally out throughout city, which is the county seat of Motley County.
On the west finish of the city, a number of companies and houses had been destroyed, Mr. Smith mentioned, including that rescue staff had pulled residents from collapsed homes.
“It’s actually, actually unhealthy,’ Mr. Smith mentioned as emergency crews had been heard shouting instructions within the background.
A livestream of the city from KWTV-DT, a tv station in Oklahoma Metropolis, appeared to indicate torn buildings as robust winds swayed cellphone strains and bushes.
A storm system producing thunderstorms was shifting throughout the realm on Wednesday night time, inflicting the Climate Service to problem warnings for potential hail and tornadoes in northern components of Texas.
The storm got here practically every week after a twister pummeled one other Texas city, Perryton, the place three individuals had been killed and dozens of cell houses had been mangled. That twister was a part of a ferocious collection of storms that swept throughout the South final week.
The storm in Matador additionally got here as a heat dome stalled over much of Oklahoma and Texas.
Texas officers issued an extreme warmth warning for the Dallas-Fort Price area and requested residents in the remainder of the state to preserve electrical energy for concern that the facility grid might buckle over a number of days of triple-digit temperatures.